Period
to 7 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PCI DSS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PCI DSS over the 6 months to 7 March 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
UK
6 months to
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 476 481 480
Rank change year-on-year +5 -1 -101
Contract jobs citing PCI DSS 153 238 450
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.36% 0.46%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.92% 3.59% 4.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 149 145 297
Median daily rate £465 £500 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.00% -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £325 £337 £358
90th Percentile £665 £700 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £475
% change year-on-year - -5.26% +11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £75.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +226.09% -48.89%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £75.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year - +226.09% -38.67%

PCI DSS is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 5,233 6,637 10,463
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.88% 10.05% 10.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,467 4,231 6,712
Median daily rate £471 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.62% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £260 £215 £250
90th Percentile £650 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 276 352
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.90 £20.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.28% +13.81% -3.28%
10th Percentile £11.00 £13.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £53.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £19.50 £22.55 £20.24
% change year-on-year -13.51% +11.42% -5.88%

PCI DSS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PCI DSS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Daily rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PCI DSS over the 6 months to 7 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Hourly rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI DSS within the UK over the 6 months to 7 March 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +75 133 £465 -8.15% 87
UK excluding London +50 68 £450 - 57
London +60 56 £500 -4.76% 32
Work from Home -187 52 £465 +33.33% 19
South East +71 33 £350 -22.22% 16
North of England +67 19 £500 -9.09% 19
North West +52 16 £505 -19.20% 7
Midlands +40 7 £450 -6.49% 11
East Midlands +27 5 £550 -16.03% 4
South West +66 4 - - 7
Yorkshire +31 3 £375 -31.82% 6
East of England +44 2 £625 +56.25% 2
West Midlands +26 2 £350 -9.97% 7
Scotland +5 2 £425 -5.56% 1
Wales +16 1 £675 +33.00%

For the 6 months to 7 March 2021, IT contractor jobs citing PCI DSS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PCI DSS.

1 83 (54.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 70 (45.75%) Information Security
3 56 (36.60%) GDPR
4 48 (31.37%) CISSP
4 48 (31.37%) NIST
5 45 (29.41%) CISM
6 43 (28.10%) Cybersecurity
7 39 (25.49%) DevOps
8 36 (23.53%) Azure
9 33 (21.57%) Agile Software Development
10 31 (20.26%) ITIL
11 30 (19.61%) Windows
11 30 (19.61%) Linux
12 29 (18.95%) AWS
13 28 (18.30%) Risk Management
13 28 (18.30%) Finance
14 26 (16.99%) Problem-Solving
15 25 (16.34%) Degree
15 25 (16.34%) CISA
16 24 (15.69%) Stakeholder Management
16 24 (15.69%) TOGAF
17 21 (13.73%) COBIT
17 21 (13.73%) Microsoft
18 20 (13.07%) OWASP
18 20 (13.07%) Vulnerability Management
18 20 (13.07%) Analytical Skills
19 19 (12.42%) Management Information System
19 19 (12.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
20 18 (11.76%) Firewall
20 18 (11.76%) Risk Assessment

PCI DSS
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (8.50%) IIS
2 4 (2.61%) JBoss
2 4 (2.61%) NetWeaver
2 4 (2.61%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.31%) Confluence
3 2 (1.31%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.65%) Apache Pig
4 1 (0.65%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.65%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.65%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (1.31%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (5.23%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (1.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 36 (23.53%) Azure
2 29 (18.95%) AWS
3 10 (6.54%) SaaS
4 9 (5.88%) IaaS
5 8 (5.23%) PaaS
6 7 (4.58%) GCP
7 6 (3.92%) Microsoft 365
8 5 (3.27%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (2.61%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 3 (1.96%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 2 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (1.31%) IBM Cloud
11 2 (1.31%) Power Platform
12 1 (0.65%) AWS Lambda
12 1 (0.65%) Datadog
12 1 (0.65%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.65%) Power Automate
12 1 (0.65%) Runscope
12 1 (0.65%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 18 (11.76%) Firewall
2 13 (8.50%) WAN
3 9 (5.88%) Network Security
4 8 (5.23%) VPN
5 7 (4.58%) DNS
5 7 (4.58%) LAN
5 7 (4.58%) Wireless
6 6 (3.92%) VoIP
6 6 (3.92%) Wi-Fi
7 5 (3.27%) Internet
7 5 (3.27%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (3.27%) TCP/IP
8 4 (2.61%) DHCP
8 4 (2.61%) MPLS
8 4 (2.61%) PBX
8 4 (2.61%) SAN
8 4 (2.61%) Skype
8 4 (2.61%) Wireshark
9 2 (1.31%) Reverse Proxy
10 1 (0.65%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (9.80%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.23%) MySQL
2 8 (5.23%) SQL Server 2005
2 8 (5.23%) SQL Server 2008
2 8 (5.23%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (2.61%) Azure SQL Database
3 4 (2.61%) Cosmos DB
3 4 (2.61%) DB2
3 4 (2.61%) SAP HANA
4 2 (1.31%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (1.31%) Big Data
4 2 (1.31%) Power BI
5 1 (0.65%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.65%) BigQuery
5 1 (0.65%) Data Lake
5 1 (0.65%) Data Mart
5 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.65%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.65%) HBase
5 1 (0.65%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 14 (9.15%) Git (software)
2 8 (5.23%) Octopus Deploy
2 8 (5.23%) TeamCity
3 4 (2.61%) SonarQube
4 3 (1.96%) GitLab
4 3 (1.96%) Hudson
4 3 (1.96%) Jenkins
4 3 (1.96%) JIRA
5 2 (1.31%) Burp Suite
5 2 (1.31%) sqlmap
6 1 (0.65%) kappa
General
1 28 (18.30%) Finance
2 12 (7.84%) Retail
3 9 (5.88%) Banking
4 7 (4.58%) Legal
5 5 (3.27%) Marketing
6 4 (2.61%) Financial Institution
6 4 (2.61%) Local Government
6 4 (2.61%) Public Sector
6 4 (2.61%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.96%) Billing
8 2 (1.31%) International Banking
8 2 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.65%) Advertising
9 1 (0.65%) Games
9 1 (0.65%) German Language
Job Titles
1 46 (30.07%) Consultant
2 37 (24.18%) Architect
3 34 (22.22%) Security Consultant
4 21 (13.73%) Security Architect
5 15 (9.80%) Analyst
5 15 (9.80%) Information Security Consultant
6 11 (7.19%) Security Manager
7 8 (5.23%) DevOps Engineer
7 8 (5.23%) Solutions Architect
8 7 (4.58%) Cybersecurity Manager
8 7 (4.58%) Senior Consultant
9 6 (3.92%) IT Consultant
9 6 (3.92%) Security Engineer
9 6 (3.92%) Support Analyst
10 5 (3.27%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (3.27%) Developer
10 5 (3.27%) Digital Architect
10 5 (3.27%) Digital Solutions Architect
10 5 (3.27%) IT Manager
10 5 (3.27%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.84%) .NET
2 8 (5.23%) ASP.NET
3 5 (3.27%) RESTful
4 4 (2.61%) Middleware
4 4 (2.61%) SAP Basis
5 3 (1.96%) JSON
6 2 (1.31%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.31%) CSS
6 2 (1.31%) CSS3
6 2 (1.31%) HTML
6 2 (1.31%) HTML5
6 2 (1.31%) jQuery
6 2 (1.31%) Kafka
6 2 (1.31%) OAuth
6 2 (1.31%) React
6 2 (1.31%) Spring
6 2 (1.31%) Web Services
7 1 (0.65%) Memcached
7 1 (0.65%) React Native
7 1 (0.65%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 20 (13.07%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (12.42%) Management Information System
3 11 (7.19%) Mobile App
4 7 (4.58%) Public Cloud
5 6 (3.92%) PKI
6 5 (3.27%) CESG
6 5 (3.27%) Cloud Native
6 5 (3.27%) Cyberthreat
6 5 (3.27%) Digital Signage
7 4 (2.61%) Embedded Systems
7 4 (2.61%) Mobile Payment
7 4 (2.61%) Private Cloud
7 4 (2.61%) Smartcard
8 3 (1.96%) Data Centre
8 3 (1.96%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 3 (1.96%) Freedom of Information
8 3 (1.96%) Freedom of Information Act
8 3 (1.96%) Hedge funds
8 3 (1.96%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 30 (19.61%) Linux
1 30 (19.61%) Windows
2 13 (8.50%) Apple iOS
2 13 (8.50%) Windows Server
3 12 (7.84%) AIX
4 10 (6.54%) Unix
5 9 (5.88%) Android
6 8 (5.23%) CentOS
7 4 (2.61%) Mac OS X
8 3 (1.96%) Windows 10
9 2 (1.31%) Mac OS
9 2 (1.31%) MVS
9 2 (1.31%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (45.75%) Information Security
2 43 (28.10%) Cybersecurity
3 39 (25.49%) DevOps
4 33 (21.57%) Agile Software Development
5 31 (20.26%) ITIL
6 28 (18.30%) Risk Management
7 26 (16.99%) Problem-Solving
8 24 (15.69%) Stakeholder Management
8 24 (15.69%) TOGAF
9 20 (13.07%) OWASP
9 20 (13.07%) Vulnerability Management
10 18 (11.76%) Risk Assessment
11 17 (11.11%) Data Protection
12 16 (10.46%) Security Architecture
12 16 (10.46%) SIEM
13 15 (9.80%) Microservices
14 14 (9.15%) Incident Management
15 12 (7.84%) SABSA
15 12 (7.84%) Security Management
15 12 (7.84%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (7.19%) C#
2 9 (5.88%) Python
3 7 (4.58%) Java
3 7 (4.58%) JavaScript
3 7 (4.58%) SQL
4 4 (2.61%) Go
5 3 (1.96%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.31%) Apple Swift
6 2 (1.31%) Bash Shell
6 2 (1.31%) Objective-C
6 2 (1.31%) Perl
6 2 (1.31%) PHP
7 1 (0.65%) C++
7 1 (0.65%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.65%) Ruby
7 1 (0.65%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.65%) VB
7 1 (0.65%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 48 (31.37%) CISSP
2 45 (29.41%) CISM
3 25 (16.34%) CISA
3 25 (16.34%) Degree
4 12 (7.84%) Security Cleared
5 11 (7.19%) SC Cleared
6 9 (5.88%) SANS
7 8 (5.23%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
8 7 (4.58%) CRISC
9 6 (3.92%) CREST Certified
9 6 (3.92%) GIAC
9 6 (3.92%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
10 5 (3.27%) FFIEC
11 4 (2.61%) CCNP
11 4 (2.61%) CEH
11 4 (2.61%) CESG Certified Professional
11 4 (2.61%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (1.96%) CHECK Team Leader
12 3 (1.96%) DV Cleared
12 3 (1.96%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (54.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 56 (36.60%) GDPR
3 48 (31.37%) NIST
4 21 (13.73%) COBIT
5 19 (12.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 16 (10.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 11 (7.19%) QA
8 9 (5.88%) Cyber Essentials
9 7 (4.58%) HIPAA
9 7 (4.58%) RMADS
10 5 (3.27%) ISAE 3402
10 5 (3.27%) ISO 22301
10 5 (3.27%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 5 (3.27%) NIST 800
11 4 (2.61%) ISO 31000
11 4 (2.61%) ISO 9001
12 3 (1.96%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 2 (1.31%) GAMP
14 1 (0.65%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 1 (0.65%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (5.88%) Docker
2 7 (4.58%) Active Directory
3 6 (3.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.31%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.65%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.65%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 13 (8.50%) Kubernetes
2 8 (5.23%) Puppet
3 5 (3.27%) Terraform
4 4 (2.61%) AirWatch
4 4 (2.61%) IBM Guardium
4 4 (2.61%) Nessus
4 4 (2.61%) Trend Micro Deep Security
5 2 (1.31%) Cacti
6 1 (0.65%) Ansible
6 1 (0.65%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
6 1 (0.65%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (0.65%) IBM BigFix
6 1 (0.65%) Nagios
6 1 (0.65%) RSA Archer
6 1 (0.65%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 21 (13.73%) Microsoft
2 15 (9.80%) Cisco
2 15 (9.80%) Oracle
3 9 (5.88%) IBM
3 9 (5.88%) Splunk
4 8 (5.23%) SAP
5 7 (4.58%) VMware
6 6 (3.92%) Barracuda Networks
6 6 (3.92%) Citrix
7 5 (3.27%) Red Hat
8 4 (2.61%) Apple
8 4 (2.61%) ArcSight
8 4 (2.61%) Centrify
8 4 (2.61%) Imperva
8 4 (2.61%) McAfee
8 4 (2.61%) Qualys
8 4 (2.61%) Software AG
8 4 (2.61%) Sun
8 4 (2.61%) Trend Micro
8 4 (2.61%) Tripwire